When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
©2008 Reg Keeland; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
I can see why this book has been popular. The characters and the plot are interesting. The Scandinavian flavor is nice too, if you're from North America and not used to it. The narration is "okay," but not great. I grew tired of the main character's endless and improbably sexual exploits, however, and they started to detract from the quality of the novel. It's not that the sex is graphic, because it is not. It's just so endless...
This is an enjoyable read, and the narrator is fantastic.
The book is charmingly Scandinavian - lots of snow, endless coffee, and liberal socialist attitudes - but boy could it do with some decent editorial input! The pointless back stories about completely irrelevant characters, the family trees tediously detailed... there would have been a lot of skimming in hard copy.
Another silly but enjoyable bestseller - but only after I put it to 2X speed on my iPod. Even then, I had to check several times that it was still on that setting. We should have been told what the value of Kroner is in real money.
Loves the hunt for books almost more than the reading itself! Romance, Christian and Mysteries. Best book ever read: Girl with the Dragon tattoo.
Well researched! Makes you want to visit Sweden. The title makes you expect something quite different though. Cant wait for the next book in the trilogy.
It could be that it's just not my "kind" of book, but I did not enjoy this story. The 'twist' was fairly obvious, I thought, from early on, as was the 'who'. I found the way that the narrator pronounced place names and character names distracting, and it took me out of the story regularly. I didn't think much of Bloomkvist and had trouble empathising with him. I often found myself starting to let daydreams get in the way as I listened and was constantly rewinding so I could hear what I'd missed. The book is well written and although I can't quite understand the cult status of this book, the characters certainly are well presented and fully thought out. They all felt very 'real'. I guess "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" just wasn't my cup of tea.
I listened to this book while on several all day car trips. I was consistently disappointed to reach my destination because it meant I had to stop listening.
No complaints other than I wish the author hadn't died!
A great story. It seemed to take a while to gain momentum but then it was compelling listening. My only criticism is that it stopped abruptly.I wanted to hear what happened to Lisbeth.
This was the first time I had "read" an audio book and will certainly not be the last. I had started reading the paper version and found it hard-going but I wanted to finish it because of the glowing reports in the press. I listened to it, enjoyed the experience and the story was fascinating. I will get the next in the series next month.
"Great book, could have been better."
Very good listen and the narrator very good at keeping your attention, but I expected a little more. I think the author tried to do too much and it was a little drawn out at the end as a result. Still well worth a listen though, very good book indeed.
A very well written and original story, read perfectly by Saul Reichlin. Downloaded the Girl Who Played With Fire as soon as I'd finished Tattoo.
"Great read, good story and a revealing end"
Really good start, I had to listen twice as Swedish names caught me out. But once I entered and understood the method and direction of the characters I was engrossed until the end.
I brought the other two audibles of the Trilogy before I finished this book and have now listened to all as a package.
"Girl with the bad author"
Well. No stars, Love this mysteries, but how this mass of irrelevant characters and details. Ever wanted to know how much RAM a character has on their laptop and the pixel size of the screen? Or indeed if they have used the toilet that day.
How it became a best seller is a bigger mystery than this book, which in the second half develops into a standard 'locked room' mystery who done it.
Save your credits.
This is a perfectly read story loved it from start to finish. Persevere with the first hour but its a fab story probably my favourite of the three.. Just seen the film not bad but the books better
"This is a must listen"
From the moment I started listening to this audio book I was hooked. The characters, the plot, the storyline are all first class. Give the start of the book about 30 minutes to set out the storyline and settle. From this point onwards you will want to listen to it as much as you possibly can. This is probably the best of the trilogy although I have still to listen to "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest".
Just completed "Played With Fire", and this is also very good indeed.
"Hollywood will love this but I didn't"
I really didn't enjoy this book and struggled to listen to it all the way through.
I can see it working on the big screen and maybe that's why there are so many positive reviews here, but I found the plot was dry, too predictable and the characters in it were two dimensional and unconvincing. A bit of a let down as it was recommended to me by a friend who loved it!
"ok, but didn't live up to the hype"
I did enjoy this book, but I'm still not really clear what all the fuss was about. Thrillers are not particularly my thing so maybe that's just me. It was enjoyable but not earth-shattering. I also found it rather odd in the level of completely pointless detail (do I really need to know how many MB of RAM Salander's computer has?!) and I was also a bit annoyed at being told about every single cup of coffee drunk by all the main characters (man, do these people drink a lot of coffee). Ok, probably a trivial point, but it distracted me from what should have been a gripping plot. That said, it was read well and I will probably listen to the rest of the trilogy.
"Awesome Murder Mystery"
Great story. I enjoyed the mystery and twist of this book. Although length of the book big and book is divided in to three parts, I feel that I won’t be able to finish this book. But once I started, I cannot stop myself. Narrator did the great job.
"Something different but gripping"
Not my normal read however I thought I would give it a go.
The narrator is first class great skill in bringing the story to life. The plot bubbles away slowly and draws you in deeper.
There is as many point out a lot of detail and description of items used in the book. The detail I believe is there to help you understand the heroines perspective of life.
I also now have a better understanding of the finer points of golf.
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